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Israeli bulldozers level lands near southern Gaza border

Aug. 28, 2017 10:44 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2017 4:57 P.M.)
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Gaza (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers crossed the border into the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday morning, where they leveled lands in the “buffer zone” of southern Gaza.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four Israeli military bulldozers staged a limited incursion near the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza as drones hovered overhead and Israeli soldiers intermittently opened fire in the area, causing no injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone," which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years.
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